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Landlord’s threats of legal action amounted to harassment of tenant

The recent Court of Appeal decision in Metropolitan Housing Trust Ltd v Worthington (1) and Parkin (2) alerts landlords to the risk of their dealings with tenants amounting to unlawful harassment.  Housing Management and Litigation experts Karl Anders and Lucie Bryan explain and offer practical advice, which will be of particular interest for social housing providers […]

Cabot SPR appeal: A welcome outcome for unsecured lenders in Scotland

Walker Morris partner Rob Aberdein explains an appeal allowed by the Sheriff Appeal Court which clarifies that the “interventionist and problem-solving approach” required of sheriffs under the new Simple Procedure Rules Simple Procedure Rules (SPR) for low value claims does not extend to undefended claims.  The appeal concerned a number of test cases and will […]

Industry responds to SME access to the FOS

The FCA last week published a suite of responses it has received to a consultation paper (CP18/3) released in January this year setting out the FCA’s proposed changes to the jurisdiction of the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) to open the FOS complaints resolution process to small businesses (SMEs). The fourteen responses published come from a […]

Cyber security, separation and self-protection online

Social media has many benefits, enabling us to keep in touch with old and new friends alike, sharing special moments with ‘followers’, organising events or tracking exercise progress. However, there is a dark side to the web.  Every click, post or search adds to your very own digital footprint, this leaves everyone vulnerable to exploitation. […]

Romanian companies will be able to distribute dividends on a quarterly basis

The Romanian Parliament recently approved the Law on the Amendment and Completion of the Accounting Law No. 82/1991, Amendment and Completion of the Companies Law No. 31/1990 and Amendment and Completion of Law No. 1/2005, on the organisation and functioning of cooperative companies. Before entering into force, the law will have to be promulgated by […]

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A&O wins Germany’s largest private equity deal

Allen & Overy’s corporate partner Derek Baird has been quietly building up the magic circle firm’s private equity practice, scoring new client Exponent and advising on Germany’s biggest buyout this year in the same week. Baird, who joined Allen & Overy (A&O) last January from Lovells, brought with him Charterhouse, which purchased German company Ista […]

Morgan Lewis eyes London expansion

Philadelphia-headquartered Morgan Lewis & Bockius is launching an ambitious growth plan for its 32-lawyer London office. London managing partner Bob Goldspink said he hoped to increase office headcount by 40 per cent, to 45 lawyers, by the end of 2007. “We’ve grown from 25 to 32 last year,” said Goldspink. “So the growth will be […]

No more exam excuses to avoid Pro Bono Week as organisers shift date

A campaign to raise awareness of pro bono in the UK has succeeded in one of its key aims – moving National Pro Bono Week (NPBW) from June to November. The week will now coincide with this year’s annual pro bono conference on 17 November, which is set to be the largest ever in the […]

DLA drops Rotterdam to focus on Amsterdam

DLA Piper has today announced it will divorce its Rotterdam office as the firm seeks to ramp up its Amsterdam presence. The firm announced today that the Rotterdam office, which specialises in international trade, transport and insurance, will shut on 1 June and will relaunch as an independent boutique. Managing partner of DLA Piper in […]

Charlie Falconer’s empire just got bigger

The announcement today that the Home Office is to be splitinto two, with the justice functions amalgamated with theDepartment for Constitutional Affairs, gives the currentSecretary of State for Constitutional Affairs an even biggertoybox than usual. The responses from the legal profession have been guardedso far. Lord Phillips, the Lord Chief Justice, was the quickest offthe […]

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